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VAE encourages creative and innovative instructional programs in K-12 classrooms


VAE inspires teaching excellence and supports workforce development


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Welcome to Valley Alliance for Education

The 2023-24 Grant application is now OPEN to get more information or to apply for a classroom grant click on the grants tab.  Remember –all applications must be completed and submitted by midnight on Monday, March 13th 2023.              Teachers, we heard you –the application for 2023-24 has been streamlined to make it even easier to read and apply.

For the current scholastic year, VAE awarded 27 Creative Classroom Grants totaling $34,891.00 PLUS 3 School grants, honoring each Divisions Teacher of the Year – Bringing the total amount funded to: $37,891.00

See the complete list of recipients under the grants tab.

Thank you – to everyone who submitted an application and to our wonderful team of grant reviewers.  Every application was reviewed in a blind process, evaluators and readers, do not have access to writer, school, district information, therefore grants are awarded only on their merit. 


VAE would like to recognize all of our loyal donors, who continue to support our Mission. Because of your generosity, VAE has provided additional educational tools and resources to local classrooms for 31 years!  Special Thanks to: Blue Ridge Community College, NTELOS Wireless Foundation, Buzz Dawbarn Estate and the Community Foundation of Central Blue Ridge for their continued support and dedication to Valley Alliance for Education and our Creative Classroom Grant program.

Considering financially supporting the Creative Classroom Grant Program?

Did you know, you can now donate securely through Paypal?  Simply click the Donate button below.



Valley Alliance for Education is a regional partnership of employers, educators and community volunteers established to promote excellence in the public schools, which will result in an improved quality of life and economic prosperity in the region.


Since Valley Alliance for Education was founded in 1990, the organization has directed well over a half a million dollars into area schools through the Creative Classroom Grant program.


The Valley Alliance for Education Creative Classroom Grants program has been established to promote educational excellence and creative instruction in the region by funding special student-centered projects.